Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Just about anyone in the HVAC or commercial property management industry familiar with LOBOS by Enerliance, a Yardi company, can attest to the fact that the LOBOS software is amazing. Phrases such as “game-changing,” “transformative,” and “without equal” are frequently bandied about when the conversation turns to describing the LOBOS platform. As an optimizer for overall energy efficiency, a facilitator of comfort-focused automated demand response participation, and/or a provider of fault detection and diagnostics, there is simply no other comparable technology on the market today. Because while there are competitive products, there is no other HVAC optimizer that does the job with such elegant practicality.
Simply put, LOBOS puts tenant comfort first. In fact, it operates under such stealth conditions that, unless you were present at the installation, odds are you’d never even know it was there—unless, of course, your building was uncomfortably hot or cold before LOBOS, in which case, you’d know there was a change to the system, because your level of comfort improved.
We’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that this covert efficiency and economy of operation, while being the whole purpose of LOBOS, makes for some unique marketing challenges. Throw in the tendency for operational explanations to lean on the side of complicated, and we’ve found there’s a bit of a wall to scale when delivering the LOBOS message.
Luckily, a picture is worth a thousand words, and we’ve got one that does a pretty good job of illustrating the LOBOS advantage. It’s a graph, actually, and we’ve animated it for curb appeal:
Basically what you are looking at is the average savings rate that LOBOS delivers in a standard 200,000-square-foot + building over the course of a year. The black line—pushing 350 kilowatts at peak load (which happens during the warmest part of the day), represents the level of HVAC energy consumption in the building before LOBOS. The dotted blue line represents what the consumption looks like with the LOBOS energy efficiency upgrade—note the full 100-kilowatt reduction during peak load. And then check out the drop-off in usage, as represented with the dotted red line, during a LOBOS-controlled automated demand response event—here you see, from the LOBOS baseline, a 50-kilowatt reduction in energy use during peak load. And though we already said it, we’d like to remind you again that these energy use reductions are achieved without compromising tenant comfort.
Let’s break down what this means for building owners and property managers in practical terms—it means big energy use reductions, which equals big reductions in operational expenses; it means scoring some serious brownie points with the environmentalists out there (not to mention the great PR); it means being efficient, responsible and profitable all at the same time, and it means achieving this much sought-after trifecta without ever making sacrifices to tenant comfort.
Still not convinced? Then check out the following data table:
That’s $5 million in estimated annual energy savings, and $7 million in received utility incentives. That’s free money courtesy of utility companies across the country for the implementation of technology like LOBOS in exchange for ADR participation.
The bottom line? LOBOS is an investment worthy of further investigation. One simple way to see if your building could benefit from LOBOS is to use our efficiency calculator.
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